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Network Circuit Designer

Location:Macon, GA
Salary Range:Competitive Base & Relocation
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Exempt
Benefits:Full Benefits
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Migration
Description:The Telecom Network Circuit Designer will be the primary agent for ordering and fulfillment of Network Circuits and Supporting Facilities. The ideal candidate for this position will have extensive telecom network planning experience in designing, ordering, and delivering TDM Circuits (POTS, DSL, and DS1 to DS3), Optical Circuits (OCx and Fiber), MetroEthernet Circuits, other dedicated transport and internet services, and colocation or data center planning and implementation.

The Telecom Network Circuit Designer will be expected to be the subject matter expert in understand all requirements for ordering facilities (circuits, space, power, etc.) in new and existing territories across multiple Local Exchange Carriers (LECs). The Telecom Network Planner will also be expected to initiate and manage the purchase and delivery of equipment needed to fulfill orders for the aforementioned facilities.
Duties:Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: (Other duties may be assigned.)

• Submit quotes and orders for and track the installation, turn up, and performance of Internet Circuits, Trunking Circuits, Backhaul (Intra LATA) and Longhaul (Inter LATA) circuits, ILEC Colocation Space (New and Augments) and Equipment (mostly Zhone and Calix BLCs and some Cisco Routers), and other interconnection needs
• Design and diagram the most optimal interconnect solutions to service Birch’s Retail and Wholesale Customers (e.g. Best trunking method for 911 or OA/DA Call Termination)
• Analyze other exchange carrier Local and Access facilities requirements (through tariffs or Interconnection Agreements) based on forecasted demands or network expansion demands
• Analyze capacity and cost data and prepare plans for expansion or optimization of the network and related hardware
• Conduct cost benefit analysis for new facilities and interconnections to be deployed and work closely with the Engineering department to recommend network facility roll out strategies and tactics
• Create and maintain diagrams, design layout records (DLRs), and analysis databases relative to network interconnection design
• Develop, maintain, and update network capacity planning and cost reports and key performance indicators (KPIs) that ensure network is maintained in accordance with industry and company accepted planning policies (such as Network Utilization thresholds and Gross Margin targets)
• Develop and release processes (and training material when needed) for all assigned Network Planning job duties
• Establish and manage optimal working relationships with facilities providers and equipment vendors
• Act as the first level escalation for all ordering and fulfillment issues related to carriers and internal Birch personnel
• Evaluate contracts, tariffs, commercial, and interconnection agreements for ordering rules, pricing, compliance requirements, and errors when needed
Qualifications:
• 5 to 7+ years planning and managing transport and colocation facilities (including all related costs)
• 5 to 7+ years designing, managing, and updating interconnection facilities
• Bachelor’s Degree with up to 5 years of work experience or Associates Degree with more than 7 years of work experience. Extensive work experience without either degree will also be considered
• Expert knowledge in all aspects of circuit and facility ordering and fulfillment
• Experience in IP Network capacity planning and traffic engineering
• Previous Network cost management responsibility (incl. managing circuit terms and related costs)
• Advanced Microsoft Excel or Access Skills
• Ability to understand complex Wide Area Network (WAN) solutions and a fundamental knowledge of transport equipment capabilities is a must
• Fundamental knowledge of traditional telecommunications voice signaling (SS7)
• New CLEC Network Build management or fulfillment experience
• Highly organized and self-sufficient with exceptional communication (written and oral) abilitie
Knowledge and Skill Requirements:
• Expert knowledge in all aspects of circuit and facility ordering and fulfillment
• Experience in IP Network capacity planning and traffic engineering
• Previous Network cost management responsibility (incl. managing circuit terms and related costs)
• Advanced Microsoft Excel or Access Skills
• Ability to understand complex Wide Area Network (WAN) solutions and a fundamental knowledge of transport equipment capabilities is a must
• Fundamental knowledge of traditional telecommunications voice signaling (SS7)
• New CLEC Network Build management or fulfillment experience
• Highly organized and self-sufficient with exceptional communication (written and oral) abilities
• Ability to keep customer information confidential
• Assist in developing, implementing, and coordinating collocation activities
• Ability to aid in equipment inventory, ordering, spares management, and warranty repair
Desirable:
• Ability to aid in equipment inventory, ordering, spares management, and warranty repair
• Experience with VoIP based voice protocols such as SIP and MGCP
• Experience with Zhone and Calix Broadband Loop Carriers
• Experience with Cisco Routers and Switches
• Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certification or equivalent desirable
• Working knowledge of wireless local loop technologies and deployment requirements


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